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Supplement reviews by ConsumerLab – Vitamin D, Magnesium, Vitamin K, Calcium , Boron – Nov 2019

ConsumerLab provides, by far, the best supplement reviews on the web
A typical 40 page review has the following sections:

  • What It Is What It Does
  • Quality Concerns and What CL Tested For What CL Found
    • CL confirms that the amount stated is actually in the supplement
    • CL checks that there are no contaminates
  • Top Picks
  • Test Results by Product
  • What to Consider When Buying What to Consider When Using Concerns and Cautions
  • How Products Were Evaluated

Pros:

  1. Typically the reviews will show the cost per unit of measure
    • (say 5 cents per 5,000 IU of vitamin D)
  2. Good review of the literuare as to the benefits and side-effects of each supplement
  3. They show the cost per unit meaure of a supplement
    • maximum cost of a supplement will often be 20X of the minimum cost
  4. They frequently update each review - popular ones are updated several times a year
  5. They have a 5 day free trial

Cons:

  1. Suppliers must pay to have their products reviewed, so CL typically only reviews a fraction of what is on the market, and sometimes not the most popular products at that.
  2. They often consider bio-availability of the different products
    • e.g. Magnesium, Calcium, Omega-3, oil form of Vitamin D
  3. They do not seem to consider interactions (positive or negative) between supplements - examples:
    • Vitamin D and Calcium
    • Vitamin D and Omega-3
    • Vitamin D and Magnesium
    • Vitamin D and Resveratrol
    • Vitamin D and Vitamin K
  4. You can only subscribe to all of their reviews - you cannot buy an individual review
    • $48/year - with a discount for 3 year contract
VitaminDWiki

Supplements category in VitaminDWiki has the following

Supplement  # of
studies
Increase D
to tissue
Omega-3 329
Many benefits30%?
Magnesium 253
Many need Mg30%
Calcium 191
Reduce
Vitamin K 125
Hard bones,
soft arteries
Iron 53
Vitamin B12 40
Zinc 46
?%
Boron 28
+20%
Iodine 24
Resveratrol 33
>100% if
poor VDR
Curcumin 10
? ?% if
poor VDR


CL Reviews as of Nov 2019
5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan), 7-Keto DHEA, Acai Berry, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Acidophilus, African Mango, ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), Algal Oil (Omega-3), Aloe, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Amino Acid Combinations, Apple Cider Vinegar, Arginine (L-arginine), Ashwagandha, Astaxanthin, B Vitamins and Complexes, Baobab, Berberine, Beta-Carotene, Beta-sitosterol (for cholesterol), Beta-sitosterol (for prostate), Bifidobacterium, Bilberry, Biotin/Hair, Skin & Nails, Black Cohosh, Black Currant Oil, Bone Broth, Borage Oil, Boron (Dec 2019), Boswellia, Branched-chain Amino Acids, Breast Enhancement Ingredients, Bromelain, Buckwheat (Kasha) Cereal, Bupropion (Drug), Calcium, CBD Oil, Chlorella, Cholesterol-lowerers, Choline (many forms), Chondroitin, Chondroitin for Animals, Chromium, Cinnamon, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), Cocoa and Dark Chocolate (Flavanols), Coconut Oil, Coconut Water, Cod Liver Oil, Collagen, CoQ10, Creatine, Curcumin, Dark Chocolate and Cocoa (Flavanols), DHA, DHEA, Diet Powders/Drinks, Digestive Enzymes, Echinacea, Energy Bars, Energy Drinks, EPA, Epimedium (horny goat weed), Evening Primrose Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Eye Health Supplements, Fiber Supplements (Webinar), Fiber Bars, Fish Oil (DHA & EPA), Fish Oil (Omega-3) for Pets, Flaxseed Oil, Folate (Folic Acid, Methylfolate), Forskolin (Coleus Forskohlii), Garcinia cambogia (HCA), Garlic, Ginger, Ginkgo Biloba, Ginseng, GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), Glucosamine, Glucosamine for Animals, Goldenseal, Green Coffee Bean Extract (CGBE), Green Tea, Greens and Whole Foods Powders, Growth Hormone (HGH), Hemp Extracts (CBD), Hemp Oils (Omega-3 and 6), Hoodia, Horny Goat Weed (Epimedium), Huperzine A, Inactive Ingredients, Iron, Joint Health, Joint Health for Animals, Kefir, Kelp, Kombucha, Krill Oil (Omega-3), L-Theanine, L-Tryptophan, Lactase Supplements, Lactobacillus, Lactose-Free Milk, Leucine, Lipoic Acid, Lithium (Low-dose), Lutein, Lycopene, Lysine (L-lysine), Maca, Magnesium, Mangosteen, Matcha Green Tea, MCT Oil, Meal Replacement Bars, Meal Replacement Powders/Drinks, Melatonin, Memory Enhancers, Menopause Supplements, Methylfolate, Metoprolol (Drug), Milk Thistle, MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), MSM for Animals, Multivitamins/Multiminerals, Multivitamins/Multiminerals for Pets, Muscle & Workout Supplements Review (Creatine and BCAAs), N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC), Nattokinase, Niacin/Niacinamide/Other, Nitric Oxide Supplements, Noni, Nutrition Bars, Nutrition Drinks, Nutrition Powders, Oat-based Cereals, Olive Oil (Extra Virgin), Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Pets, Omega-6 Fatty Acids, Omega-6 Fatty Acids for Pets, Phosphatidylcholine, Policosanol, Pomegranate, Potassium, Potassium Iodide/Iodate (Radioprotective Agents), Prenatal Vitamins, Probiotics, Progesterone Cream, Prostate Supplements, Protein Bars, Protein Powders/Drinks, Quercetin, Red Clover Isoflavones, Red Yeast Rice, Reishi (Mushroom), Resveratrol, Rhodiola, Salmon (Canned), SAMe, Saw Palmetto, Sea Buckthorn (Omega-7), Selenium, Sexual Enhancers, Soy Isoflavones, St. John's Wort, Sterols, Stimulant Blends, Taurine, Theanine, Thiamin, Toprol (Drug), Tryptophan (L-Tryptophan), Tuna (Canned), Turmeric, Ubiquinol, Valerian, Vision Supplements, Vitamin A Vitamin B-12, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Weight Loss Supplements, Wellbutrin vs Bupropion, Whole Food Powders, Yohimbe, Zeaxanthin, Zinc


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